ISLAMABAD – Pakistan's media regulatory agency has suspended the operating license of the country's leading news channel for two weeks after a spat with the country's powerful military.
The decision was announced Friday by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority.
The organization suspended Geo News for 15 days and imposed a 10 million rupee fine — roughly $100,000.
The suspension is the latest challenge for the media company following an assassination attempt against its top news anchor, Hamid Mir, on April 19.
The station angered the country's powerful military intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, by repeatedly airing accusations by Mir's brother that it was behind the attack.
The ministry of defense later petitioned the regulatory agency to pull Geo's license.